Thursday, November 10, 2011

three things thursday

1. I'm still sick.  Big time sick.  Coughing up large green chunks of my lungs sick.  And the half is less than 48 hours away.  I've started considering the possibility of not running this weekend and running the half at Philly next weekend, which is not AT ALL what I want to do since the poet is running the full.  But I'll be there, and I might be in better condition to pound out the 1:47-2:03 you guys think I can do.  Or I can just freaking suck it up and go after Richmond.  Mentally, I am SO ready to run this race.  But I'll have to put a sign on my back that says "snot rockets ahoy, please keep left."  If I go after Richmond and fail miserably because of how sick I am, I definitely won't be recovered enough by next Sunday to try again at Philly, and I'd really hate to end this season on a big fat race flop.  What would you do?


2. The good news about being sick is that laying in bed for two days is that all my little niggles have healed.  My shins feel almost 100%, my hips feel nice and loose, and my legs feel itchy and jumpy and want to go run.  I'm a junkie craving a good solid sweat.


3. The only thing that feels good on my poor throat is ice cream.  So much for race week nutrition.

28 comments:

  1. if the cold is in your chest - don't run. if it's just snot rockets ahoy, as you say, then run and don't kill yourself. just enjoy it.

    hope you feel better soon and get your fix you little crackhead. ;)

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  2. Oh man. I don't know. This is a game day decision. If the cold is in your head you could pull it out - I hope you feel better soon.

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  3. Definitely a game-time decision. And a 48-hour "let's home ice cream is magic" wish.

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  4. If it is just in your head, snot rockets away! Nothing like a good run to loosen everything up.

    Now, this ice cream you speak of... Tell me more.

    Hope you feel better soon and make a miraculous recovery in the next 24 hours.

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  5. If it was me, I would run and make a decision to "race" when you toe the line. You might just surprise yourself!

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  6. So sorry you have to make this decision! I agree with waiting until the last minute to decide. Maybe I am just getting old, but I know that the last few colds I've gotten have really knocked me out. As in, no way I could run 13.1 miles.

    I think it really depends on how much the time matters to you. If you are feeling a bit better, I have no doubt you could have a decent race experience in Richmond. And if you start with that attitude, I doubt you can fail miserably. But if you really want to go after a time, you might want to wait for Philly just to be sure this is fully out of your system.

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  7. Sure, you could go out there this weekend and pound out a finish, if that's what you want to do.

    But, if you want a shot at something better than "just a finish," I think you'd better wait. Our bodies trick us into thinking that we're all better, just cause we're feeling like we are better when we're at home in bed. Get out there this weekend and by mile 7 your body could be staging a SERIOUS revolt on you. And then you could wind up being even SICKER next week.

    My vote is for next week... no matter how awesome you feel tomorrow or Saturday. Our bodies need time to recover from such things.

    Having said that... I'm a runner, too and I know how hard it is when life throws a wrench in your training plans. Sometimes we just have to do what we had planned...

    I hope you get to feeling better soon!

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  8. Eat as much ice cream as possible!!!! If you run the race sick, it will probably do a number on your immune system and keep you sick longer. Depends on if you care about though!

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  9. Katie,
    The whole reason we train for endurance events is to seek better health. Our body is ready to put in solid performances when we are healthy. If you are ill, this is a sign your body is giving to you, screaming "slow down, we aren't healthy right now." towing the line means that you are actively ignoring your bodies cues, you are giving it the middle finger. How can you expect your body to reward you in the future with wonderful performances when ignore its cries for help?
    Your fitness doesn't expire, sit the one out and focus on health...

    My 2 cents.

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  10. Run Philly. It's not worth being sick longer (and possibly getting sicker), or spending three hours in the car getting to a race you're not well enough to race.

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  11. So sorry you have this shitty cold/flu/infection(?) thing. I think you'd have more fun not running the half at Philly so you can get the most out of spectating the Poet's marathon. Good luck either way.

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  12. oh HI! remember me?? im that respiratory therapist that is going to tell you NO NO NO to running this weekend. sleep, hydrate, blow snot rockets in your home (be sure to avoid puppies), and recover for philly. youll finish so fast you wont miss much of the poets full :)

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  13. hmmm.... I would wait and see how you feel this weekend? But maybe running Philly when you are 100% would be a better idea? That way you will end your season one a postive note with a good race. Plus you can still chear on the poet for the last 13 miles.

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  14. I'm with TMB. I would toe the line expecting to race and see what your body can handle. It might just be the cure for what ails you.

    And you don't have to be sick to snot rocket. I'm blowing those mothers left AND right......how else do you keep the competition from passing you?

    What kind of ice cream? I'm a big fan of coffee.....it just seems perfect and it kinda takes away the idea that I'm eating ice cream.

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  15. I'd wait. But then I do partly regret doing London with a lingering chest infection. If you want to end the season on a high, wait. If you're not fussed, go for it.

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  16. I'm really sorry you are sick! Don't kill yourself this weekend if you're not feeling great, Philly will do just as well!!! FEEL BETTER!

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  17. Do what coach says. And eat more ice cream in the meantime.

    You can have my Philly bib. That works out nicely, because then I *can't* run :)

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  18. BTW - Philly Half is sold out (I checked - that's my back up).

    Annapolis Half next weekend is still open -- I'm keeping that as an option, in case I can't make it to Richmond tomorrow.

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  19. That just sucks. Might be good to put it off.

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  20. So frustrating that your legs/hips/ass are cooperating and now your freaking lungs/sinuses are not well for race day! Not cool Katie's body!!
    I'd probably hit up Philly if you have that option. It sounds like what you have is worse than what I had post MCM and I wouldn't have wanted to run while feeling like that.

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  21. Apparently I have become your #2 pacer. I'll hold your Gu's and water. You just have to run.

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  22. Ugh, I'm thinking Philly. You don't want to run miserable, that's no fun. A week from now you'll be 100% recovered and ready to punch that half in the face. Fo sho. And STILL be able to cheer on the Poet!

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  23. If it's in your lungs and going to affect your breathing, wait for Philly. If it's just in your nose/head, you can race through that.

    Sending some feel better vibes your way.

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  24. The biggest issue is whether or not you have a fever. If you have one right now, 2 days away, don't do it. Even if it goes away, you'll be very week from it. If you don't, I think you can go for it. Drink some Naked Juice, tea with honey and water - drown it out. Also try sleeping with Breathe Right strips too with a humidifier in the room.

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  25. above your neck - race
    below your neck - wait for Philly

    Feel better.

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